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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (March 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811855732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811855730
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimberly Rider is a frequent guest on HGTV's Curb Appeal and a host of its 100 Sizzling Summer Ideas. She lives in Marin County, California, with her family.

Thayer Allyson Gowdy is a San Francisco-based photographer.

More About the Author

Kimberly Rider is the founder of Atmosphera, an interior design firm dedicated to blending sustainable materials and modern style for homeowners, developers, and business owners. Her ability to deliver innovative, healthy home designs with style has earned her a loyal following across the country. Kimberly has appeared as the featured designer on HGTV's Curb Appeal, where she received rave reviews from viewers. Kimberly lives and works in Marin County, California.

accomplishments

Author
Healthy Home Workbook
Chronicle Books
Published 2006
Publicity Launch Spring 2006

Organic Baby:
Simple Steps for Healthy Living
Chronicle Books
Worldwide Release Spring 2007
Publicity Launch Spring 2007

Kimberly writes and speaks about incorporating ecologically-sound designs that will help people find ways to live in a healthier home with great tips and advice that is easy to follow. Organic Baby: Simple Steps for Healthy Living, is a guide to creating a toxin-free home for children, with chapters on the nursery, baby gear, personal care, food and other related topics. Each chapter will educate the reader on particular healthy issues and offer projects and solutions.

Television Experience
HGTV's Curb Appeal
Regular Featured Designer
Kimberly works with homeowners chosen by the producers in outlining a dramatic change in the outside of the home. She is equally adept at architectural issues, color schemes, landscaping plans and unique projects to add d'cor to the exterior of homes. View Kimberly's featured profile and portfolio on www.hgtv.com

HGTV's 100 Summer Ideas
Guest Designer
Guest Designer on one-hour special, designed eco-friendly kids' playground using recycled and non-toxic materials. The family yard included a play structure and creative ideas for the whole family. Aired in May 2006 across five networks including HGTV, DIY, and Fine Living.



Radio Experience
XM-Radio
'HGTV On the Radio with Nancy Glass'

Eco-Talk
www.airamerica.com/ecotalk

Good Dirt Radio
gooddirtradio.org



Consulting
Industry Expert on trends in healthy cleaning and and consumer purchasing
of eco-friendly products



Panelist,
Dial Corporation Product Development Conference



About atmosphera
atmosphera is Kimberly's interior design firm that specializes in innovative and eco-friendly design. Located in Marin County, California, her clientele includes homeowners, real estate professionals, businesses and developers. Kimberly offers her clients alternative design solutions and integrates sustainable materials without sacrificing style.

Latest projects
Kimberly is working on a resource website that will highlight her top picks for eco-friendly baby products.
She is also designing several new products for home and baby.

Learn more at www.kimberlyrider.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Wood on May 30, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I have read this book cover to cover and it was exactly what I was looking for, all in one book. Mainly, I have had pressure to create a registry for our new baby and I was very stressed because I knew most conventional products were not for our family. This author gives you great, practical advice from a mother who has been there. She gives you perspective on all practices, conventional and "organic". I especially found helpful the Healthy Options advice she gave when going all organic might not be in the budget for every situation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Metacat on April 10, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has a very nice layout and some great pictures of happy babies. Unfortunately, the actual content is very thin and offers little in the way of creative ideas. The author basically instructs readers on how to go to the store and buy the natural/organic version of whatever it is they're looking for. There are also some vague pros and cons of buying the organic version vs. the conventional version, but if you've gotten as far as reading the reviews of this book, you're probably already familiar with more than the level of detail found inside. The parenting advice is so basic (e.g., if you take your child outdoors, try to avoid poison ivy or oak) that I'm not sure why it's included at all. Overall, this book is neither a standalone resource nor an enlightening supplement to other books on raising your child naturally/organically.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on January 7, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has some nice photos in it, but as far as the content goes, I thought it was a bit flakey. You'll read the same vague sentance over and over again throughout the different chapters referring to what you should stay away from. Seems like the author is afraid to give specific brand names in the book that are her favorite or that she has found to be the best. There is a reference guide in the back, which might be good for something. I would suggest buying Raising Baby Green instead, that book was very informative.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Hardaway TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 4, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I recommend anyone reading this book ignore the car seat advice given. It is extremely dangerous advice. The book says to buy a used or older car seat so that the gasses from the cover are gone or to purchase an organic cover and exchange. Purchasing a used seat (that you don't know the history of) is not recommended because you don't know if the seat has been crashed, misused, has missing parts, etc. all of which could result in safety issues. Also, car seats expire six years from the date of manufacture because plastic degrades so an old seat can be dangerous as well. Switching the cover with an organic one sounds like a great idea, but after market products like an organic cover are not crash tested (even if they say they are - there are no federal requirements for after market products which means a manufacturer could toss the cover into a wall and claim it is crash tested and passes) so you are essentially using your child as a crash test dummy.

If you are really worried about the gasses in the cover, purchase the car seat new and a bit before you need it. Then, either wash the cover according to the manufacturer's recommendations or let it sit and air out for a few months.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EV on July 25, 2007
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As much as some of us would want to live 100% organic, we all know it's impossible. This book understands this and offers easy solutions for how you can minimize the risk of exposing your baby to toxic conventional products that we have around us daily. Great easy read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Snow on July 1, 2007
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I bought this book to begin my research in preparation for becoming pregnant. It was a helpful resource for information on an alternative to the conventional baby stuff out there. Products for a variety of budgets are suggested and the author does a wonderful job remaining "non-preachy" and unbiased. The items and products presented are mere suggestions and the book doesn't make you feel like you are a horrible parent if you can't afford to re-carpet your entire house in non-toxic carpeting.
A great read for anyone interested in making their home and environment as healthy as possible for their baby!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Masons_mama on February 8, 2008
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This book is very basic, like a summary of all the tips. Which, if you are buying this book you are probably somewhat up on organic and this book will teach you nothing. I really wouldn't call it a book, it's more like "notes" on how-to be organic, but not "why" to be organic. Not enough info here for me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By birdonthelawn on October 8, 2007
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This is a great little reference guide with information on organic living from conception to parenting your young child. The photos are beautiful (but few), information indexed and tips honest. Comparisons and pro/con lists were unbiased and very helpful!
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